When and if the law ever catches up with rogue dentist Tung Sheng (David) Wu, he’ll have to spend some time behind bars.
On Tuesday, a Supreme Court judge in Vancouver sentenced the fake dentist to three months in jail for civil contempt of court.
The judge also ordered Wu to pay the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. for the organization’s cost related to the investigation.
Jerome Marburg, the college’s CEO, said the judge’s sentence sends a strong message and indicates the seriousness of Wu’s action.
“He [Wu] is a person without honour or regard for Canadian civil society,” he said.
“He preyed on the vulnerable and put many people’s health at significant risk.”
Lawyers for the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. were in Supreme Court last week asking a judge to sentence the Wu for his offenses.
However, the court decided to give Wu one more opportunity to answer to allegations.
The dentist’s saga began in August after health officials sent out a warning to anyone who received dental treatment from Wu that they may have been exposed to serious viruses.
Fraser Health issued the alert after Wu, who they say had performed illegal dentistry in Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam, appeared to be setting up shop again despite a court order against him.
The revelations about the dentist surfaced after an investigation by the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C, this past spring. Wu has been on the lam after a warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to show up to court in August.
The dental college is also offering a $2,000 reward for information that helps them locate Wu.
The college believes he might have fled to Toronto.
While the college had requested a longer jail sentence, Marburg said the organization is pleased with the judge’s ruling, specifically noting the order that Wu would have to pay back the cost of the investigation.
He noted costs associated with the investigation have been “significant,” but didn’t offer a dollar amount.
As for Wu’s whereabouts, the college’s CEO said investigators have followed all leads and done what they can with the information available.
Marburg called on the public, and Wu’s past patients, to come forward if they have any information related to Wu’s whereabouts.
He said the case isn’t closed until the dentist is found.
“It’s time for him to be found,” Marburg said.
The college is also recommending anyone treated by Wu come forward to get any of the dental work looked after.
Marburg said the college is starting to get word of Wu’s patients who need treatment.
Though he suggested some former patients might be embarrassed, he noted the issue is one of health, and his clients are not being accused of wrongdoing.
“Your health is more important than anything,” he said.
Court documents filed by the college suggest Wu had extensive ties to the Tri-Cities and had been providing dental treatment out of a home at 2546 Dahlia Crt. in Coquitlam.
According to the dental college affidavits, private investigator Michael Lantz seized and searched Wu’s Acura RDX on Aug. 15.
The vehicle contained newly ordered dental equipment from Sinclair Dental Supply Co. Ltd. to Joey Tseng in Port Coquitlam, the owner of Prairie Dental Clinic.
Tseng admitted he had provided specific dental supplies to Wu, but had not heard from him in several months.
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